Author: Sam Jordan Dudeck

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Sam Jordan Dudeck is a 28 year old screenwriter based in Los Angeles, CA - and also, a former college athlete who still lives, breathes, and bleeds sports. His favorite teams are the Los Angeles Chargers, San Diego Padres, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Los Angeles Clippers - in other words, he's used to heartbreak and frequently says "next year will be our year".

Will Notre Dame upset USC? Well, the answer is much more optimistic now than it was a handful of weeks ago, that’s for sure. Things have been looking good in South Bend, and after what’s been a roller coaster of a year, one last upset against number 5 USC would bring the perfect happy ending. It’s been quite a few years since the “Bush Push” game – which seems to be the last time this game held such worth other than bragging rights and another win tacked on to the ever-evolving rivalry. And yet, while you’d think this game would…

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The Chargers season over? Really? At 5-5? Isn’t that a little dramatic? Okay, I’ll admit it, that’s a bit of millenial sensationalism there. But, unfortunately, in today’s NFL where each team seems to have a bevy of talent and a unique skill set of playmakers. Well, with exception to the bottom 5 or so teams (sorry, Texans/Panthers/Bears). If you even inspect the rosters of the worst two teams in the division, and what do you see? Davante Adams, Russell Wilson, Darren Waller, and Jerry Jeudy. Let alone the monster that is the AFC – Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Tua/Tyreek, I’ll…

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Ah, Chargers vs Chiefs – plus a good old prime time flex. Sounds like a great Sunday night to me. However, it doesn’t take much research to notice that many pundits are counting the Chargers out. And, rightfully so. What us fans have seen this year hasn’t exactly been the most awe-inspiring. Yet… when you have a generational talent like Justin Herbert behind center – you can’t help but have a shimmer of hope. The only problem is, there’s just as talented a quarterback on the other side. Will the Chargers pull off the upset? That’s a tough one. But…

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Here we are, half-way through the season – which means it’s time for a Chargers mid-season outlook. And what a perfect time to do such, after a tough loss on prime time television. However, if there’s one thing Sunday’s defeat taught us, it’s that this team fights – that’s for sure. If you would’ve asked me what I thought about the Chargers’ “heart” in the beginning of the season – the answer would be an expletive-filled rambling. And now, even after a loss (and a LOT more injuries) – the answer’s changed drastically… The irony here, of course, is commending a…

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Sunday night is almost here, and it’s going to be a tough one – and yet, there are certain keys to a Chargers victory against the 49ers. Prime time brings a strong matchup against two of the best playmakers in the NFL, along with a powerful defense with Nick Bosa and Fred Warner on the other side. Just based on one matchup alone – this game could be a blow out;  the Chargers run defense against the 49ers rushing attack (including Deebo). But, as we all know, in the world of sports – anything is possible. Furthermore, upon closer inspection,…

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In a last-second affair in which the Bolts typically blow, the Chargers beat the Falcons – coming away with a HUGE victory. Huge, not because it was the upset of a lifetime, not because it was a major comeback – but because this keeps the Chargers in the playoff picture. Are we really talking about the playoff standings this early? In the loaded AFC the Bolts find themselves, yes – yes we are. There’s quite a difference between 4-4, and 5-3; and while I hate to beat a dead horse, that would also put the Broncos within just one game…

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Yup, you read that right – Notre Dame upsets Clemson in a shocking beatdown. After the mostly-plummeting roller coaster of a year that it’s been for the Fighting Irish – there’s finally a shining (and defining) moment. In a well-played, passionate, and disciplined effort – there’s a lot to write home about for the boys in Blue & Gold. But, what stood out to me most was that the lights weren’t too bright. After Week 2, the season was ultimately a yardstick for the Marcus Freeman era, and a fight for pride, future recruits, and the all-too-popular transfer portal. And yet,…

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Here we are, week 10 – and you know what that means? Notre Dame vs Clemson. The struggling program going through a coaching change with a backup quarterback against Dabo Swinney’s dynasty. After what’s been an… interesting year for Irish fans (and not necessarily in a good way) – Notre Dame finally circles around to the match-up we’ve all been waiting for… Number 5, Clemson. Ironically, for a team with just about zero chance at a National Championship – this matchup is just about as crucial as can be. Not just for the record, not just to crack the rankings…

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Well, if you wanted to see big names moved, you got it. Here’s your 2022 Trade Deadline Update – please read carefully if you’re a Chargers fan. For the Bolt Family, these past 72 hours have been excruciating to watch a injury-ridden team who’s still on the fence, remain on the fence. It’s a bit ironic how a team who goes for it on 4th down in the riskiest of times, but yet is too scared to make a trade when the roster is decimated to smithereens? Interesting. However, as a rational human being – it’s been a deadline that you…

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The Chargers at the trade deadline? That used to be a moot point. But now, things are changing in Los Angeles, as the Chargers are now emerging as a big market team with big aspirations, and putting their money where their mouth is. As the deadline approaches, and the Chargers injury list continues to grow – it’s quite evident that the Bolts are in significant need of a quick fix. Like a band-aid, if you want. Because, of course, the Chargers don’t have the cap room for a blockbuster trade – nor, is a superstar really necessary. The struggles become…

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